Time for a 21st century upgrade?

Martin Coyle explains why so many bakers are still trading like it’s 1999. In recent weeks, we’ve had a flurry of calls about computer systems that are a bit, well, creaky, to say the least. Business software, and particularly bakery-specific software, that once did an adequate job now seems clunky, restrictive and even error-prone to its … [Read more...]

Award-winning Cybakers raised the bar in 2016

Users of our systems won a huge haul of trophies this year, writes John Prendergast. It’s not exactly controversial to say that 2016 has been a turbulent year for many of us. From political shocks around the world, to the tragic deaths of many beloved celebrities, to the traumatic loss of about 30% of our Toblerone, this year has been steeped in … [Read more...]

Why spreadsheets are bad for bakers

Spreadsheets can be bad for bakeries. In fact, they have been a cause for alarm within the wider business community for years. As far back as 2008, studies found that around 94% of spreadsheets contained errors. An oft-cited UK survey from 2011 found that 57% of spreadsheet users had no formal training on the package they used. An amazing 72% … [Read more...]

Norfolk and Somerset artisans sign up for Cybake

Pye Baker and Taylors Traditional Bakers are the latest firms to sign up for Cybake. Pye Baker is the brainchild of John Watt, who goes by the nickname of the town he was born in – Grimsby. Originally a chef in some of London’s top restaurants, he moved to Norwich to open a hotel, fell in love with the area and established Pye Baker in 2008 to … [Read more...]

Local food for local people? You may be exempt from FIR phase two

Did you know that if you are small enough and operate locally enough, you might be completely exempt from FIR phase 2’s requirements to provide nutritional information on your labels and packaging? The food trade media appears not to have picked up on this and we don’t expect other vendors in this area to shout it from the rooftops. However, on … [Read more...]

IBIE 2016: Beer and loaving in Las Vegas

The International Baking Industry Exposition earlier this month was a lively, friendly affair. Although it didn’t match the enormity of last year’s IBA in Munich (which had over 70,000 visitors), IBIE 2016 saw 23,000 industry-types pack into the Las Vegas Convention Centre. This was a near 10% increase on the last time the triennial conference … [Read more...]

Action-packed conference shows why BSB is a winner

It was an absolute pleasure to attend the British Society of Baking's autumn conference last week. The RedBlack Software/Cybake connection to this venerable institution came after our managing director Jane Tyler was invited to join the BSB's executive committee in January, 2015. She was the first person from the I.T. industry to be invited to … [Read more...]

Nutrition labelling – will you beat the FIR phase 2 deadline?

Compliance. Don’t you just love it? Thought so. In which case, you’ll know that phase two of the Food Information Regulations comes into effect on December 13. Cue piles of paperwork, loads of cross-referencing and many extra hours of hard grind, especially for owner-operators and QA/technical managers. But it doesn’t have to be this way. If you … [Read more...]

Three more family firms choose Cybake

Three more notable family firms are installing Cybake solutions: Maclean's Highland Bakery, Fullers Bakery and Julia's Cakes. Maclean's Highland Bakery is a fourth generation business that sells its famous shortbread, oatcakes and biscuits around the world. Originally from the Western Isles, the company is headquartered in Forres, centrally … [Read more...]